E we would A Constellation of Vital Phenomena like Even for a writerike Kerouac JennyPlace for the StolenUnderground Writing Project When you buy these apocryphal books you are taking a gamble
hoping that therethat there something worth reading in the pile eft that wasn t already issued in the main canon of a writer s works With some people it is disappointingly meagre offerings that show you nothing new about the writer that sully the perfect picture you had or at east taint it This book was a pleasant surprise Kerouac on classic Sextasy: Master the Timeless Techniques of Tantra, Tao, and the Kama Sutra to Take Lovemaking to New Heights literature on sport and Kerouac doing science fiction This would serve not only as an essential for Kerouac but as a good introduction to his work as well Vampires were also thought to be the souls of ordinaryiving people which Still Life with Chickens leave the body in sleep and come upon other sleepers in the form of down fluffso don t sleep in your duck down sleepingbag in Transylvania or even in California they say Actually don t worrryscientifically speaking the only blood sucking bats in the world areocated in South America from Oaxaca on down Kerouac obv knew than he was sharing A great collection of Kerouac ephemera Arranged thematically there s something here for every stripe of Kerouac fan covering a wide range of his writing career Challenging to ReadJust completed this volume of collected writings I would recommend it "as an introduction to Kerouac I l definitely want to travel with him On the Road someday but this sort "an introduction to Kerouac I l definitely want to travel with him On the Road someday but this sort reading Paradox Bound leads to a strong desire for aess strenuous effort for awhileSurprisingly it was not the further road stories essays on writing or baseball nor his other musings that I found the most Interesting Rather it was his dystopian future world fiction cityCityCITY with the alternative ending promising a ife of hope that I truly enjoyed But even that story eft me tired from considering all that was implied in the text and in need of rest In someways I feel Kerouac has been over rated as a writer but when he is on he is on This is a great collection of his writings when he is in a true Kerouacian zone His writing on Jazz needs to be added to the Jazz writing cannon His defense of the Subterraneans One of the best books he ever wrote is excellent If you want to introduce someone to Kerouac try this book The Dharma Bums and Subterraneans. And tells us what he's thinking about And in the closing piece cityCityCITY we're treated to Jack's science fiction vision of the futureTable of Contents Robert Creeley Thinking of Jack A Preface On the Road On the Beats On Writing Observations On Sports Last Words cityCityCITY Editor's Note.
SUMMARY Good Blonde OthersIt down at a typewriter and et your fingers fly until you feel ike stopping and then calling whatever you just wrote a book is that unless you have been planning the thing in your head for seven or eight years ike with On the Road your book is going to be a big piece of crap with a few really great sentences here and there NEVER ever disappointed by jack what a fucking Syncopated: An Anthology of Nonfiction Picto-Essays legend never read any of his essays until now and i have to say they are profoundly excellent through them i can get to know what his everydayife was Are All Guys Assholes?: More Than 1,000 Guys in 10 Cities Reveal Why They're Not, Why They Sometimes Act Like They Are, and How Understanding Their ... Will Solve Your Guy Drama Once and For All like what was going on on his mind when he wasnt writing novels muchove again and again Best part about this bookThe sections where Kerouac talks his writing style There are two selectionchapters that cover this spontaneous prose The Essentials of Spontaneous Prose and Belief Techniue for Modern Prose Both are kind of checklists but how "to ists might be accurate Interesting downright fascinatingthough I m not 100% sure "lists might be accurate Interesting downright fascinatingthough I m not 100% sure to do with stuff ike 14 in Belief Like Proust be an old teahead of time But I can certainly get behind 29 You re a Genius all the time I tell myself this everyday HeeheeAnd speaking of genius the essay Are Writers Made or Born is AWESOME Basically he separates the idea of great talents what he refers to as interpreterslike a great violinist is not Mozart for example even though heshe plays well and geniuses the Mozarts are people who create something new that hasn t been seen before Worth reading even if you read nothing else in this collection Other stuff that was pretty goodHis arguments for Beat and what it is His definitions are meant to clarify a ot of the philosophy of the Beat movement I don t know if they clarify too muchbut I think I caught a few details that I didn t know before Probably one of his most interesting observations in On the Beats is The dope thing will die
That was a fad Mexican Hooker like bathtub gin The stuff you have to wade throughSports While he makes some really great for why baseball strategy walking the best hitters etc makes for dull games and players who don t know how to swing for the fencesfor the most part the sports sections are dull The games and seasons he writes about areong gone and the immediacy of a sports article doesn t reverberate through the ages ik. N gives his Essentials of Spontaneous Prose and defends his novel The Subterraneans compares Shakespeare and James Joyce describes the cafeterias and subways of Manhattan goes to a ballgame and a prize fight and reflects on Céline on Christmas in New England on Murnau's Nosferatu on jazz bop. Fans of Kerouac know that his books areout That was a fad ike bathtub gin The stuff you have to wade throughSports While he makes some really great
than just storiesjust stories hitchhiking and ooking for kicks they re also about his jazz influenced iterary style In this collection of writings in addition to discussions of the Beat Generation and the meaning and origin of the term beat as he employs it Kerouac comments on writing his own Allen Ginsberg s Gregory Corso s William Shakespeare s James Joyce s He writes about hitchhiking the photography of Robert Frank jazz and bop and his hometown of Lowell Massachusetts There is a statement defending the novel The Subterraneans against obscenity charges and a description of Murnau s film Nosferatu Included is his essay On th One of the first Kerouac books I ever got was a copy of Dharma Bums that was printed sometime in the mid 70s The cover has a picture of two onghairs canoodling in the grass during one of those gauzy burnt umber sunsets that seemed to only happen on Bread LP covers Beneath the picture there s a Suspicion at Seven: A Lois Meade Mystery little blurb that kind of makes my skin crawl It says something along theines of by Jack Kerouac the swinging daddy of the psychedelic generation the man who started it all This collection isn t up there with Kerouac s definitive works by any means But if your image Of The Man Is the man is some slick haired dude in gabardine slacks snapping his fingers on a street corner and saying far out daddy o or "God Forbid Two Stoned "forbid two stoned canoodling to the tune of Baby I m A Want You then this book may round out your perception In his writing on the so called Beat Generation the best of the essays and stories here he reveals a complex perplexed wandering soul at once simpler and complicated than most one dimensional beat daddy sketches ead us to believe He was a good hearted Catholic boy who oved his working class town and his mother He was a Buddhist potsmoker A freewheeling hitcher in The Day Fidel Died love with the world A bum But mostly just not King of the Hippies For Pete s Sake Anything but that There s aot of tenderness in this collection that may surprise you And his foray into sci fi is better than I anticipated as well I didn t think this book was up to much but it s been several weeks and I m still thinking about it So there you go The problem making it your policy as a writer to take a bunch of speed and In these uncollected writings Jack Kerouac portrays himself in his ife He hitches a ride to San Francisco with a blonde goes on the road with photographer Robert Frank rides bus through the Northwest and Montana records the blues of an old Negro hobo talks about the Beats and how it all bega.